Monthly Archives: May 2015

SDCC 15 – 1 Month Out Prep

Cheers brunchers! We are just over a month out from San Diego Comic Con and for all my vets out there – you know now is the time to start planning! Our annual pilgrimage to Comic Con has always been an expensive venture – between badges, hotels, transportation, food, and all the amazing things you want to buy – your going to spend a pretty penny. So why not prep and buy things ahead of time so you have more cash for the fun stuff – right?

Good news is right now you are ahead of the game! At this point you should know if your going, where you are staying and if you have a parking pass. But there are a few more things you can think about too…

ARE YOU GOING TO COSPLAY?
You still have time to put together a cosplay if you want. You could do a “casual cosplay” which is everyday clothes that look like a character. For the Disney world this is called Disney Bounding. Some great casual cosplay ideas are Doctor Who companions, Sam & Dean Winchester, and Emma from Once Upon A Time. But don’t fret – many full blown cosplays have been pulled together a weekend before.

CARRY YOUR STUFF

Every SDCC vet knows that what is in your Comic Con bag can make or break a con! A dead cell phone or a hangry friend can kill a great day. Don’t even get me started on a Hall H Line kit… Your comic con pack starts with in fact your bag! I recommend a backpack but I have seen cross body messenger bags work well too. Personally I carry a Kate Spade backpack. It is small enough where it is not cumbersome, but holds all my necessities. (I will have a post coming soon about what is in this years bag!) Take a look at some of my recommendations below! I love the Herschel packs, and my Kate Spade bag, but how fun is the Union Jack Jansport – especially for a Doctor Who or Sherlock fan!

GET CARDED
Having a calling card is a really great idea for SDCC. For bloggers it is a great way to promote your blog and share your site with new people that you meet. For cosplayers, it is great to give to photographers so they know what to tag you as and where to send final pictures. Even if you are not a blogger or cosplayer I think it is great to have a calling card because you will meet new people and it is awesome to continue those relationships online. I recommend you include all of your online presence including a website, email, twitter handle, instagram name, and Facebook – a picture of yourself or your logo never hurt either… Personally  I print my cards at Tiny Prints. There quality is amazing and they have great designs.

LEARN THE LINGO
This is more for my newbies than the veterans out there, but it is a smart idea to familiarize yourself with the basics of SDCC (which means San Diego Comic Con).
Starter Knowledge…
Petco Park – The ballpark close to the convention center where great off-site events happen
The Con Outside the Con – refers to all the amazing things that happen outside the actual convention, which you should check out and are amazing!
Hall H – the biggest hall at the convention center known for the massive lines, amazing debuts, camaraderie, and twitter account.
Ballroom 20 – second largest room at convention center that holds big TV panels

POWER IS EVERYTHING
Keeping phones, cameras, and iPads charged is a necessity go ahead and get yourself a Mophie, a back up battery, or a charging case. You are guaranteed to find this cheaper before you hit the Con. I personally use a Mophie Powerstation Duo – which I got on Groupon! See early planning for lots of savings!

Finally – be in the know of what is going on. Stay up to date with the Toucan Blog and the Unofficial SDCC Blog. Until the next prep!

Geek Chic – Supernatural Summer

Chin Chin Brunchers! Well summer time is nearly in full swing and we have a lot to look forward too… Warm weather, comic con, trips to the beach, comic con, picnics, comic con… Yeah you get it!

Well I wanted to represent one of my favorite fandoms for warmer weather – and my two favorite boys, Sam and Dean Winchester, well they got me feeling hot…

Supernatural Summer

 

I picked up this Supernatural Crop Top at Wondercon this year from Android Sheep. I love understated fandom style and this top is one only fans would know! I matched it with a Trina Turk maxi skirt and a Goorin Brothers hat.

This top will definitely be making an appearance at SDCC this year… How is your outfit prep going?

COMICS Marvel’s Star Wars

Hey Brunch Babes!

Today I am talking comics that I love – and while I do not consider myself comic connoisseur –  I have a few that I enjoy.
Deadpool and Walking Dead are two that I have read plenty of… but today I am talking the new Marvel Star Wars comics!

First off – you all know I love Mara Jade which began with the Dark Horse comics about her. These are now considered “Star Wars Legacy” aka a slate wiped clean for J.J. Abrams. Sad to say but I fear I may loose my Mara to the new stories. Shall we take a moment…

Ok… but something that is really exciting are the new Star Wars Marvel comics. It started with the new Star Wars #1 and we are following the old gang on new adventures! Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie and our favorite droids are off to fight the empire!

Since the launch of Star Wars #1 we now have individual character stories. I am hooked on Princess Leia’s story with her new X-Wing pilot friend Evaan. Basically 2 bad ass ladies dealing with the destruction of Alderaan – their home planet, off to fight the empire on their terms. I always gravitate to females kicking butt and taking names and Leia and Evaan are really doing it! Plus I think they have some amazing outfits!

Other individual story lines include Darth Vader and Kanan: The Last Padawan, neither of which I have read both get great reviews as well. I am very excited that in July we will be getting a Lando storyline as well!

Have you read any of Marvel’s Star Wars? Any other comics I should check out?

SEW WARS – Sewing Station

Cheer fellow brunchers! As I shared yesterday I would be starting my new series SEW WARS. My chronicles in sewing for the Star Wars universe. This may be costumes for the 501st Legion, fun & easy sewing projects, or whatever else Lord Vader I mean, I want to sew.

SEW WARS

Today I am sharing the best place to start – my sewing station. Living in an apartment means I do not have the luxury of having a designated sewing space and my previous storage system was leaving my house a mess when I was working on a project. So I came up with my small space sewing station. I can leave this in my kitchen all the time or I can simply wheel into a closet or my bedroom if I want to move it out of my way for a party or guests coming over.

I made my sewing station from an Ikea Raskog utility cart and the only modification I made was to flip the top shelf over to give me a solid work table to sew on.

On the first shelf I am keep all of my sewing necessities that I need at a arms reach like straight pins, scissors, a seam ripper, thread, and bobbins. I also am able to keep things here that I need for my specific costume needs like a leather punch and leather needles, pins, and ample amounts of velcro.

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For anyone that is interested I sew on a Singer Talent and have had nothing but good luck with this machine – see I haven’t gone to the dark side just yet. I am so looking forward to sharing up coming projects with you and hopefully inspiring some of you to take part in the SEW WARS and do your part for the Empire!

Do you sew or craft? Do you have to do it in a small space? I would love to hear about it in the comments section!

Welcome & May the 4th Be With You

Hello my lovely brunchers! Well cheers and welcome to the new and improved Bad Wolf Brunch! I am so excited to share the new site with you and hint at some of the amazing things to come.

For those of you who know me – well you know I love Star Wars and I could not think of a more perfect day than STAR WARS DAY to launch my new site and my first giveaway.BWB may 4th

I had the time of my life at Star Wars Celebration and you know I was thinking about you all the whole time I was there and what I could bring back to you… Now I struggle between the light and the dark side (well mainly in cosplay) but I wanted to make sure in this giveaway that both sides of the force were fully represented.

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Representing the Dark Side is a Darth Vader glitter cup – perfect for beach days holding your favorite adult beverage. And holding down the light side of the force are an exclusive pair of Rebel Alliance earrings straight from Star Wars Celebration! So go on an enter below…

So what can you look forward to on the new Bad Wolf Brunch – well my continued adventures in SoCal, another year at SDCC, and my new series Sew Wars – where I am attempting not to go to the dark side every time I use my sewing machine… but you know me – someone has to sew for the Empire!

So cheers to us all as we embark on a new journey out there and enter below because Yoda says “free stuff you like!”

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